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1438 W Peachtree St NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30309
United States
Phone: 404-892-0943

Executive Leadership

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John Wilkin
Chief Executive Officer
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Vern Ritter
Chief Financial Officer
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John Herbert
Senior Director of Technology and Innovation
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Lisa Larson
Senior Director of Outreach & Engagement
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Celeste Feather
Senior Director of Content and Scholarly Communication Initiatives
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Laurie Arp
Director, DuraSpace Community Supported Programs
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Erin Tripp
Director, Research and Innovation Division
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Meg Blum
Director of Marketing and Communications
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Angella Graham
Director of Human Resources

Company Ownership

LYRASIS is a non-profit membership organization

Mergers and Acquisitions

Mergers and Acquisitions for LYRASIS

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Documents or articles featuring LYRASIS

Breeding, Marshall. Mergers of Non-profit Organizations Now Complete. September 2019. Smart Libraries Newsletter.

The March 2019 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter described the anticipated merger of the DuraSpace into Lyrasis. The respective boards of directors of these two non-profit organizations have given final approval to the merger. As of July 1, 2019, the personnel and activities of DuraSpace are part of the Lyrasis organization.

Likewise, the merger of NFAIS into NISO has been finalized. NISO announced that the transfer of assets and other organizational details were completed by June 30, 2019. Key NFAIS activities such as its advocacy and educational activities, annual conference and the NFAIS Humanities Roundtable will continue within the NISO organization. NISO recently hired Jason Griffey as Director of Strategic Initiatives to support new activities of the expanded organization.

Breeding, Marshall. An Open Source Option for Public Library E-book Lending. June 2019. Smart Libraries Newsletter. A collaboration between DPLA, NYPL, and LYRASIS is working to develop a new alternative for public library e-book lending. 1 This infrastructure includes an open source repository, a mobile e-book reader, and a marketplace for libraries to purchase titles for lending. In the context where e-book lending for public libraries is dominated by commercial platforms, this new alternative represents a community-based alternative that is based on open source software and a non-profit business model.

Breeding, Marshall. Lyrasis and DuraSpace to Merge. March 2019. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Lyrasis, a major non-profit library services organization, and DuraSpace, the non-profit organizational home for open source repository platforms DSpace and Fedora as well as the VIVO collaborative research profile platform intend to merge.

Breeding, Marshall. DuraSpace Not to Merge with Lyrasis. July 2016. Smart Libraries Newsletter. The March 2016 issue of Smart Libraries Newsletter included coverage of the planned merger of DuraSpace into Lyrasis. The boards of both organizations had voted to pursue combining the organizations and had moved into a public comment phase. The final phase of due diligence and negotiations, however, did not result in a merger. Both organizations will continue to operate independently under their individual boards and organizational structure. Although the merger discussions have terminated, both organizations have strong issues related to open source governance and will continue informal collaboration

Breeding, Marshall. LYRASIS and DuraSpace Pursue Merger. March 2016. Smart Libraries Newsletter. In a move that would result in the consolidation of two major nonprofits providing services to libraries, LYRASIS and DuraSpace are considering a merger of their two organizations. The merger has been approved by the boards of directors of both organizations and has entered a period of public review. Both organizations will continue to operate independently until final approval for the merger takes place.

Both LYRASIS and DuraSpace operate as nonprofit organizations. LYRASIS ranks as the larger, with around 65 employees and annual income of about $75 million. DuraSpace employs about 10 personnel with less than $2 million in income. This proposed merger will expand LYRASIS' portfolio of services oriented to open source technology and will provide the projects shepherded by DuraSpace with a stable and sustainable organizational home. Both LYRASIS and DuraSpace were formed through the mergers of antecedent organizations. LYRASIS brings together a number of organizations that were previously involved as regional networks for OCLC billing and other services. DuraSpace was created to combine Fedora Commons with DSpace Foundation.

Breeding, Marshall. SOLINET, PALINET and NELINET Merge to Form Lyrasis. July 2009. Smart Libraries Newsletter. Another development involving consolidation among nonprofit organizations involves the OCLC regional cooperatives. Formally established April 1, 2009, Lyrasis emerged out of a merger between Atlanta-based SOLINET, serving a large number of libraries in the southeastern United States, with PALINET, based in Philadelphia and serving the mid-Atlantic region. The merger culminates a process that formally began in February 2008.

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News Announcements

June 17, 2024. The Palace Project IMLS Grant Report, Part 2: Access for All. In 2020, Lyrasis received an IMLS grant to develop and pilot an ebook and audiobook service for state and public libraries. The Palace Project deploys a cloud-based, remotely supported digital library reading platform for collection management and provides a curated set of ebooks and audiobooks through the Palace app and Virtual Library Card (VLC) that allows immediate patron access. During the grant period of September 2020 through February 2024, Lyrasis developed and tested service components, piloted the service for 17 months with pilot libraries, provided training and support for library staff and their patrons, and assessed value and impact for libraries and patrons. Each pilot library received $25,000 of digital content.

June 14, 2024. Lyrasis Partners with 4Science to Improve ORCID Functionality in DSpace. Lyrasis has partnered with 4Science to implement improvements to the ORCID API integration functionality in DSpace as part of the 2024 ORCID Global Participation Fund grant. This collaboration continues a historical and long-lasting relationship between Lyrasis, ORCID and 4Science with a shared goal to foster collaboration enhancing Open Science and Open Access initiatives to mak research and scholarly material more accessible, secure, sharable and FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable).

May 3, 2024. Lyrasis partners with Open Syllabus. Starting in the Spring of 2024, Lyrasis partnered with Open Syllabus to offer Lyrasis members and non-members the opportunity to subscribe to the Open Syllabus Analytics subscription resource supporting open infrastructure in higher education. Analytics is a tool for exploring millions of anonymized syllabi and other curricular materials drawn from thousands of colleges and universities around the world. Analytics helps instructors design classes, students explore fields, publishers develop books, and educators at all levels better understand the curriculum of higher education. It is a window onto higher education as a global project built from millions of decisions about what and how to teach.

April 18, 2024. Better together: BTAA Libraries, CDL and Lyrasis commit to strengthen Diamond Open Access in the United States. Representatives from the Big Ten Academic Alliance Libraries, California Digital Library, and Lyrasis attended the Global Summit on Diamond Open Access in Toluca, Mexico in October 2023. The Summit convened the international community to engage in dialog about how to advance Diamond Open Access to secure scholarly research as a public good and ensure equitable access to both the publishing and reading of that research. You can learn more from the recently released Report of the 2nd Diamond Open Access Conference. The Summit made evident the substantial global commitment to Diamond OA. If the United States is to be a strong participant in this important global movement, it is our observation that collaborative action is needed to develop this model at a national scale within the US as an equitable, robust and values-driven pathway to open access. We acknowledge the deep commitment to Diamond OA already exemplified by the activities of the library publishing and repository communities in the US, and we seek to build on this commitment, strengthening the Diamond OA pathway by committing to working together and making our shared resources go further.

September 7, 2023. DOAJ and Lyrasis collaborate to facilitate library support for open access. The Directory of Open Access Journals and Lyrasis, two prominent players in the global scholarly communications landscape, announced a new partnership that enables libraries to provide crucial financial support to DOAJ. This collaboration underscores the commitment of both organizations to strengthen Open Access and democratize access to scholarly research. This partnership opens up the possibility for US libraries, without existing opportunities to support DOAJ via a consortial arrangement, to directly contribute to DOAJ's sustainability and its mission of enhancing the visibility and accessibility of Open Access research.

July 11, 2023. Lyrasis announces the 2023 Catalyst Fund recipients and their projects. Lyrasis, a non-profit member organization serving the global landscape of academic and public libraries, scholarly research, archives, museums and galleries, is pleased to announce the 2023 recipients of the Lyrasis Catalyst Fund. The Catalyst Fund is an award program that provides support for new ideas and innovative projects from the Lyrasis membership. This year, to support our open and inclusion initiatives, and our Catalyst Fund theme of community-driven projects and projects with community impact, all Lyrasis members voted on which projects to fund.

April 11, 2023. Performing Arts Readiness Extension. Lyrasis, a mission-driven, community-led nonprofit serving libraries, museums and cultural heritage organizations, announced that they have been awarded a $1.5M grant from the Mellon Foundation to continue and expand the Performing Arts Readiness project. PAR, initially funded in 2017 through a $2.5 million grant from Mellon, was created to strengthen emergency preparedness within performing arts organizations across the United States.

March 22, 2023. CCAHA and Lyrasis announce Succession Planning Initiative for Collections Stewardship. The Collections Stewardship Succession Planning Initiative is a two-year project of the Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts, in partnership with Lyrasis, created to actively address the need for leadership development and knowledge transfer in the cultural heritage workforce. Funded by a National Leadership Grant for Museums from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, the initiative will gather data and build professional development resources to support succession planning for collections stewardship staff and volunteers. As succession planning is a critical instrument in addressing a long-term shift at cultural heritage organizations toward greater diversity, equity, and inclusion, the suite of resources will promote strategies to keep these important concerns at the forefront during times of transition.

December 12, 2022. Columbia University joins The Palace Project Platform and App. The Palace Project, the nonprofit library-centered platform and e-reader app for digital content and services, announced that the Columbia University Library has adopted its platform. The Palace Project is an easy-to-use platform for the management and delivery of ebooks, audiobooks, and other e-content and puts libraries at the center of their communities' digital experience.

October 26, 2022. Lyrasis announces John Wilkin as new Chief Executive Officer. Lyrasis, a mission-driven, community-led nonprofit serving libraries, museums and research communities, announced the appointment of John Wilkin as the organization's new CEO. Wilkin, who is currently Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Illinois, brings deep experience in building community-driven programs with a focus on increasing access to knowledge, a core tenet of the Lyrasis mission. Wilkin played a key role in the creation of HathiTrust, a nonprofit collaborative digital library that preserves and provides access to 17+ million digitized items, serving as its first Executive Director.

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Corporate Chronology

Jun 15, 2021 LYRASIS acquires BiblioLabs
LYRASIS has acquiredBiblioLabs, LLC., a Charleston, SC-based library technology firm. The acquisition unites two organizations on the leading edge of library software and support services and transitions BiblioLabs from a mission-aligned for-profit firm into the mission-driven non-profit model of LYRASIS.

Jul 01, 2019 LYRASIS and DuraSpace Complete Merger
LYRASIS and DuraSpace announce the merger of their two not-for-profits was completed on July 1, 2019, establishing one of the largest global technology and services membership organizations for research and collections holding institutions worldwide. Members will participate in developing new scalable technologies, shared innovation opportunities, and high-value, fairly priced services across the global landscape of academic and public libraries, scholarly research, archives, museums, and galleries. LYRASIS will remain the parent organization and legal entity. The governance model will continue to be a Board that is 50% member elected and 50% appointed.

Jun 15, 2015 Robert Miller named Chief Executive Officer of LYRASIS
LYRASIS, one of the nation's largest non-profit membership associations serving libraries, archives and museums, has announced the selection of Robert Miller as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective June 15, 2015. Miller will fill the position previously held by Kate Nevins, who is retiring after more than 20 years with LYRASIS and SOLINET, one of its predecessor organizations. The selection was made after a rigorous national search and was finalized by the LYRASIS Board of Trustees after their April 30, 2015 meeting.

Jan 23, 2014 LYRASIS to establish an organizational home for CollectionSpace Museum Collections Management Software
LYRASIS announced that it has received funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to bring CollectionSpace, an open source, web-based collections management system, to museums and other collecting organizations.

Jul 25, 2012 VIVO to merges into DuraSpace
VIVO to join DuraSpace as an Incubator project, the first step towards establishing the VIVO project as part of a sustainable organization.

Apr 20, 2012 LYRASIS to serve as base for ArchivesSpace
LYRASIS will serve as the organizational home for the ArchivesSpace open source archives management system.This move ensures continuity for the hundreds of archives that now depend on the Archivists Toolkit (AT) or the Archon systems to support the management of and access to archives.

May 12, 2010 Fedora Commons and DSpace Foundation merge to form DuraSpace
Fedora Commons and the DSpace Foundation, two of the largest providers of open source software for managing and providing access to digital content, have announced today that they will join their organizations to pursue a common mission. Jointly, they will provide leadership and innovation in open source technologies for global communities who manage, preserve, and provide access to digital content.

2010 ArchivesSpace launched as forward path for Archivists Toolkit and Archon
The New York University Libraries, UC San Diego Libraries, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Libraries are partnering to develop a next-generation archives management application that will incorporate the best features of Archivistsí Toolkit (AT) and Archon. With funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project team aims to develop a technical, sustainability, and governance plan for the new system.

Apr 01, 2009 SOLINET, PALINET and NELINET Merge to Form Lyrasis
Formally established April 1, 2009, Lyrasis emerged out of a merger between Atlanta-based SOLINET, serving a large number of libraries in the southeastern United States, with PALINET, based in Philadelphia and serving the mid-Atlantic region. The merger culminates a process that formally began in February 2008.

2008 CollectionSpace Museum Collections Management Software developed
With support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CollectionSpace was developed by a network of North American and European partner organizations led by Museum of the Moving Image (MMI) in New York, which originated the project, and the University of California, Berkeley. The Statens Museum for Kunst (National Gallery of Art Denmark) in Copenhagen and Walker Art Center in Minneapolis have been involved in CollectionSpace planning, design, development, and governance since 2008. In addition to MMI and UC Berkeley, the Centre for Applied Research in Educational Technologies (CARET) at the University of Cambridge and the Fluid Project at OCAD University in Toronto developed the application's underlying software architecture. The Institute of Museum and Library Services, through a National Leadership grant, made possible the development and testing of software configurations that serve specific collection types, including art, natural history and native digital media.

2008 BiblioLabs founded by Robert Holt and Andrew Roskill

Jul 2007 DSpace Foundation established as a non-profit corporation that will supply organizational, legal and financial support to DSpace

2007 Fedora Commons established as a not-forprofit organization and the home of the Fedora repository software and related open source projects.
Fedora Commons was established in 2007 as a not-forprofit organization and the home of the Fedora repository software and related open source projects. Fedora is a robust, integrated, repository system that enables storage, access and management for virtually any kind of digital content. The Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture was originally designed at Cornell University and was established as an open source project in 2001 by Cornell and the University of Virginia.

1973 The Association of Southeastern Research Libraries founds SOLINET

1966 NELINET established as a a member-owned and governed regional library network
NELINET, a member-owned and governed regional library network, founded in 1966 and incorporated in 1979, is one of the largest U.S. networks, serving 500 member libraries and cultural heritage organizations throughout the six New England states and internationally. NELINET provides innovative educational programs, support and services for emerging technologies (including open source software), expert library leadership and consultation services, and a regional depository.

1936 PALINET formed in 1936 to promote library cooperation and resource sharing.
PALINET is a cooperative membership organization of hundreds of institutions that collect, preserve and provide access to the record of humankind. These institutions include libraries, information centers, museums, archives, and other similar organizations situated in Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The Network was formed in 1936 to promote library cooperation and resource sharing. Since then, PALINET has provided services in response to the growing and changing needs of libraries and related organizations of all types and sizes.